The Arizona Wildcats have been picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 in the conference preseason media poll, their lowest ranking in the Sean Miller era. (Arizona was picked to finish fourth in 2009-10 and 2018-19.)
UCLA was picked to win the conference for the first time in nine years. However, the media expects it to be a competitive race, as five different teams received first-place votes—UCLA (9), Arizona State (5), Oregon (7), Stanford (1) and USC (1).
Here’s the full poll:
Only 10 points separate the top three teams, the closest vote among the top three in the 37-year history of conference preseason picks, according to the Pac-12.